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Mediaeval graffiti casts light on everyday workers at nunnery

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posted on Nov, 20 2010 @ 10:49 PM

November 20, 2010

Historians in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia announced on Tuesday that they have deciphered mysterious 500 year old graffiti left in an old abbey attic. The etchings are likely practice drawings made by handwork apprentices.

For years people working in the former St. Katherina Church near Langerwehe had noticed the enigmatic drawings, but it wasn't until 2009 that the LVR regional authority for monument preservation began closely examining their origins, spokeswoman Sabine Cornelius told The Local.
They were surprised to find that the forty-by-two-metre plaster wall bore the tentative marks of young apprentices in the 15th century.


Apparently they think this is primitive etchings done by apprentices, they don't look like much more then a bunch of geometric lines. There were no words or symbols.

They were done between 1492 and 1506 in the attic of the building, the area at that time was hidden away and probably wasn't meant to be seen. These drawing were personal and well-preserved, this kind of work in many case has been overlooked, what a great discovery.

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posted on Nov, 21 2010 @ 01:05 PM
What a fascinating article! Thank you so much for posting it!

I was particularly intrigued by the idea that apprentices used tool designs to possibly represent themselves. It's hard to think of society when most people were functionally illiterate (and might not be able to follow a design.) The example shown was interesting... it looked like a heraldry shield.

posted on Nov, 21 2010 @ 01:14 PM
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it looked like a heraldry shield.

I was thinking the same thing, maybe not as primitive as they want us to think, what I am curious about is why they were hidden away and what may have been going on at the time, maybe there weren't' apprentices.

Thanks for posting.

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